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Symptoms of Chronic Bronchitis

Symptoms of Chronic Bronchitis: Introduction

The severity of symptoms of chronic bronchitis varies between individuals and the amount of lung damage that has been done. Symptoms are related to the lung damage, impaired breathing and the lower levels of oxygen in the blood that is the result of chronic bronchitis.

Typical symptoms include shortness of breath, especially with exertion, an ongoing loose cough that produces large amount of mucus (smoker's cough). Symptoms can also include wheezing (a whistling sound made with breathing), crackles (a bubbling sound made with breathing) and chest tightness.

Other symptoms can include change in alertness or mental status, fatigue, weakness, confusion, anxiety, dizziness, and pallor or cyanosis (blue tinged coloring of the skin, especially around the mouth in the extremities).

People with chronic bronchitis also often have another lung disease called emphysema as well. Complications of chronic bronchitis can be life- threatening and include pneumonia, heart disease, respiratory failure, and hypertension. Symptoms of complications may include shortness of breath, chest pain, high blood pressure, fever, pallor, change in consciousness, and cardiac arrhythmias....more about Chronic Bronchitis »

Chronic Bronchitis symptoms: Symptoms of chronic bronchitis include a loose, wet cough productive of heavy mucus during most days of the month, three months of a year, in two successive years without another explanation for the cough. In contrast, acute bronchitis manifests in a similar type of cough, but only for a brief time in conjunction with a cold or upper respiratory infection. Symptoms of chronic bronchitis can also include shortness of breath, especially with exertion, wheezing, and chest tightness. Other symptoms can include change in alertness or mental status, confusion, anxiety, fatigue, dizziness, and pallor or cyanosis (blue tinged coloring of the skin, especially around the mouth in the extremities). These symptoms are related to a lack of adequate amounts of oxygen in the blood. People with chronic bronchitis may also experience frequent respiratory infections, bouts of the flu, and swelling in the feet, ankles and legs.

Using a stethoscope, your healthcare professional may also hear rales and/or wheezing in your lungs as you breathe. Rales are abnormal, wet, "bubbling" sounds made with breathing. Wheezing is an abnormal whistling sound.

Not all listed symptoms are always related to chronic bronchitis. Although a wet, loose, productive cough is typical of chronic bronchitis, it and other symptoms can be related to many other potentially serious conditions, including pneumonia and congestive heart failure. Only a thorough evaluation by a professional health care provider can determine what is causing and how to treat your particular symptoms....more about Chronic Bronchitis »

Symptoms of Chronic Bronchitis

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Wrongly Diagnosed with Chronic Bronchitis?

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Chronic Bronchitis as a Cause of Symptoms or Medical Conditions

When considering symptoms of Chronic Bronchitis, it is also important to consider Chronic Bronchitis as a possible cause of other medical conditions. The Disease Database lists the following medical conditions that Chronic Bronchitis may cause:

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The symptom information on this page attempts to provide a list of some possible signs and symptoms of Chronic Bronchitis. This signs and symptoms information for Chronic Bronchitis has been gathered from various sources, may not be fully accurate, and may not be the full list of Chronic Bronchitis signs or Chronic Bronchitis symptoms. Furthermore, signs and symptoms of Chronic Bronchitis may vary on an individual basis for each patient. Only your doctor can provide adequate diagnosis of any signs or symptoms and whether they are indeed Chronic Bronchitis symptoms.

 

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